At a banquet where Jesus notice people social climbing, he told a story about how different the kingdom of God is from the way of the world. In this case, it is a kingdom he compares to a banquet with a wide open invitation for anyone who will come. In this uplifting message Pastor John encourages us to rewrite our own stories of unworthiness to see ourselves as God's people invited to his party without evaluation or distinction. Then he encourages us to live lives of open welcome toward others... Topics: sermon, party, banquet, parable
Sermon on the parable of the talents found in the New Testament book of Matthew. This message was given on October 9, 2005 at Christian House Baptist Chapel in Aliquippa, PA. Topics: gifts, abilities, talents, Bible, parable, Jesus, Christianity, God, church
Mustard seeds are tiny, apparently insignificant. But they grow into large, nearly tree-like bushes, sometimes 8 feet or taller. In the kingdom of God, apparently insignificant things can grow large and produce great fruit, from the life of Jesus to the life of his followers to the idea seeds the Holy Spirit plants in our minds. Topics: mustard, seeds, mustard seed, parable, jesus, lake nona, orlando, florida
Dig Deeper into Jesus' parable about the Laborers in the Vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16. You can also get this as an audio file (stream/download/podcast) via our web site www.journeyoflife.org Topics: laborers, vineyard, jesus, parable, matthew 20, john C. Rallison
In these two parables, Jesus illustrates some principles of the Kingdom of God to take into account: 1) It's not our job to judge who is in and who is out and 2) we must not forget that there will someday be a sorting between heaven and hell that each person will face. These truths offer us the freedom to live non-judgmental lives and the responsibility of sharing about the kingdom of God with others. Explore these parables with Pastor John in this sermon. Topics: wheat, weeds, parable, kingdom of God, lcms, lutheran, lake nona, orlando, florida
This parable could be summarized like this, "Oh, that's normal. Hmm. That's odd. Oh, now I get it. What??? No way!!!" Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a guy who hires workers for his vineyard and then treats them in a manner you would not predict. Explore this parable and its implications for your life as we continue our series exploring what it means to live in the kingdom of God. Topics: parable, workers, vineyard, laborers, matthew 20:1-16, sermon, message, justice
In this sermon, Pastor John tackles one of the most difficult to understand of Jesus' parables. While he doesn't completely solve mysteries that have stymied great minds for 2,000 years, he does draw from this parable and the scriptures six spiritual dangers that are inherent in any time of success, whether financial, personal, relational or otherwise. Topics: danger, jesus, lake nona, orlando, florida, church, sermon, parable, shrewd, manager
This parable of the prodigal son who has returned home is accepted by the father but, not so much by his brother. There are comparisons to our families and the Church. "Giving in" to the things of the world is the wrong answer. It'll never be right to do wrong. Sermon Ref: Luke 15:11-32 Topics: Lighthouse Baptist Church, Chapel Hill NC, Mark Hall, Sermon, Independent Fundamental Baptist,...